U.S. broadcaster apologises to viewers for Robbie Williams's middle-finger salute

Robbie Williams will help kick off The World Cup in Russia

She performed a duet of Williams' smash-hit Angels with the Stoke-born singer, who also closed the ceremony with the hit.

He then shaped to take the opening kick but pulled out, inviting the child to pass it to Zabivaka, a brown and white wolf that is the official mascot of the tournament.

A few hours ago, I went down to the stadium, which can hold over 80-thousand spectators, ... and ticket holders for the opening match were crowding in already for the World Cup's opening ceremony.

Tomorrow Morocco's kick-off game against Iran will take place in the St. Petersburg Stadium at 3:00 p.m.

Giving the world the middle finger is certainly one way to start the World Cup.

The Rupert Murdoch owned company and Telemundo hold the English and Spanish language rights to the 2018 World Cup in the United States of America.

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It will be recalled that the 2014 World Cup opening ceremony in Brazil was headlined by Pitbull and Jennifer Lopez.

We're not sure for how long, but it seems that Robbie Williams is once again in the internet zeitgeist for all the wrong reasons.

As far as opening ceremonies go, Russian Federation can be proud with the bonanza they laid on, which performed the impossible in raising excitement levels further while not boring its worldwide viewers. After a long gap of 4 years, today the 21 World Cup started in Russian Federation.

There will also be performances by the legendary Spanish Tenor and Opera Icon Placido Domingo followed up by his fellow opera singer and Peruvian Tenor, Juan Diego Florez. Garifullina left the field and Williams delivered a spirited performance of "Rock DJ - Can I Kick It", along the side lines, so that the field could be cleared to make way for the big game.

Russia's emphatic 5-0 victory over Saudi Arabia was devoid of any controversy, and the four video officials in the control room some 30 kilometres from Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium were not called upon to intervene.

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